London landmarks light up for the dazzling Lumiere Festival

in Inspiration / Art

If the darkness of January is starting to drag, then you might find some welcome relief in a new festival, launched this week to brighten up the streets of London. Lumiere London kicked off yesterday, offering a free light festival taking place after dark across London until Sunday 17 January 2016.

Thirty installations have been designed in response to the unique architecture of each location, transforming some of the capital's most iconic landmarks into dreamlike spectacles. A range of international artists have produced truly dazzling creative displays including animated circuses, virtual pavements, a fish tank telephone box and a technicolour Westminster Abbey.

The event is produced by creative company Artichoke. Helen Marriage, Artichoke Director and curator of Lumiere London, said: “Using London’s buildings as their canvas and its streets as their auditorium, these installations are not hidden away behind the closed doors of art institutions, theatres or concert halls, but sit firmly in the public realm for everyone to enjoy."

To find out more, or download a map of the festival, go to visitlondon.com/lumiere.

'195 Piccadilly' by NOVAK *Image credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press*

'195 Piccadilly' by NOVAK Image credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

'Keyframes' by Groupe LAPS / Thomas Veyssire, Regents Street.  *Image credit Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press*

'Keyframes' by Groupe LAPS / Thomas Veyssire, Regents Street. Image credit Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press

'The Aquarium' by Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deskill, in Grosvenor Square.  *Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press*

'The Aquarium' by Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deskill, in Grosvenor Square. Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press

 'Light Graffiti' by Floating Pictures, King's Boulevard. *Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press*

'Light Graffiti' by Floating Pictures, King's Boulevard. Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press

'Les Voyageurs' by Cedric Le Borgne in St James' Square.  *Image credit Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press*

'Les Voyageurs' by Cedric Le Borgne in St James' Square. Image credit Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press

'The Garden of Light' by TILT on display in Leicester Square.  *Image credit Hannah McKayipa/Associated Press*

'The Garden of Light' by TILT on display in Leicester Square. Image credit Hannah McKayipa/Associated Press

'Spinning Night in Living Colour' by Elaine Buckholtz.  *Image credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press*

'Spinning Night in Living Colour' by Elaine Buckholtz. Image credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

'Diver' by Ron Haseldon, Kings Cross.  *Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press*

'Diver' by Ron Haseldon, Kings Cross. Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press

'Light of the Spirit' by French digital artist Patrice Warrener at Westminster Abbey.  *Image credit Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press*

'Light of the Spirit' by French digital artist Patrice Warrener at Westminster Abbey. Image credit Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press

'Elephantastic' by Top la Design / Catherine Garret, near Piccadilly.  *Image credit Kirsty Wiggleworth/Associated Press*

'Elephantastic' by Top la Design / Catherine Garret, near Piccadilly. Image credit Kirsty Wiggleworth/Associated Press

'The Circus of Light' by Ocubo, Granary Square.  *Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press*

'The Circus of Light' by Ocubo, Granary Square. Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press

'1.8 London' by Janet Echelman, Oxford Circus.  *Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press'

'1.8 London' by Janet Echelman, Oxford Circus. *Image credit Hannah McKay/Associated Press'

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